Siberian mezzo-soprano Ksenia Berestovskaya holds an extensive portfolio of concert work throughout the United States, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Born in Omsk, Russia during the dissolution of the Soviet Union to a mathematician father and engineer mother, Berestovskaya experienced music as a manifestation of strength – and as an experience that bound the generations together.
“My grandparents lived through a world war, through concentration camps, through military service. My aunts were children of war,” she says. Decades later, her father’s family would still sing old folks songs a capella in Ukranian; her mother’s – convening relatives distant and close around the kitchen table – traditional songs in Russian. “People would always sing. Whether they were happy or sad, they would sing.”
At age seven, she began performing in her hometown of Omsk. Soon, her father moved the family thousands of miles west to teach at the University of Tennessee, and the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Frank Sinatra blended with her love of Beethoven and old Russian bards. Upon her return to Russia, emboldened by the new influences, she began performing jazz.
Finally, at sixteen, she tried her hand at a Puccini aria on a whim. Entranced and challenged by the demands of the medium, Berestovskaya embarked on a lifelong love of opera.
The teenage singer soon found inspiration in classical performers like Conchita Supervia, Rosa Ponselle, and great tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, drawn in by the raw emotional truth she found in the golden age singers.
Berestovskaya recently earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. During her career as a student she performed a variety of roles ranging from Prince Orlofsky in Die Flederemaus (at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre) to Annina in La Traviata (at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN).
Recently, her schedule includes concert tours of the historic St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals of Ireland, Downpatrick Cathedral and Bangor Abbey in the United Kingdom, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
Berestovskaya is a first-place NATS Mid-South Region competition winner, a finalist of The American Prize in Voice/ Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, and a semifinalist in the world-renown tenor Francisco Araiza's Sonora International Opera Competition.
In 2017, she sang the role of Amefa in the first-ever New York production of Rimsky Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel to be performed in its original Russian, and participated in Mexico's acclaimed Festival del Pitic in Sonora.
May 18-19, 21
Rimsky Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Amelfa)
Sheen Center for the Arts
New York, New York, USA
Semifinals: Sonora International Opera
Competition Francisco Araiza
International Pitic Festival, Teatro Auditorio del Cobach
International Festival of Pitic 2017
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